Presently the Headmistress of St George’s School Ascot, Rachel Owens will take over from Joe Peake from September 2016. Educated at Somerville College Oxford where she read History, Rachel has a broad experience of schools encompassing both the maintained and independent sectors. Within the latter she has taught at the academic powerhouse of North London Collegiate School and later was Vice Principal at New Hall School, one of the largest Catholic co-ed schools in the country.
Having spent the vast majority of her career in the world of co-ed Catholic education, she is delighted to be returning to the sector as Head. As a governor at three schools she brings a wealth of knowledge to St George’s, garnered also through her work as a trustee of an HMC scheme bringing talented Sixth Formers from Eastern Europe to British schools.
In addition to the academic side of school life, Rachel is a firm believer in the importance of sport as part of a well-rounded education. She played netball and rowed for her college and has coached netball and athletics for many years. She also enjoys drama and music. Rachel is married to Tom (currently Head of Politics at RGS Guildford), and they have twin boys aged 10.
When not at school, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family in France, where they own a house in Thines, a tiny village in the Cevennes. Rachel is delighted to be appointed as Headmistress of St George’s Weybridge, and looks forward to following fellow-Boltonian Joe Peake in leading our fantastic school.